Lorna in Africana
Lorna Ariyo French (Nee Lewis)
  • 58 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 22, 1956
  • Date of passing: Oct 21, 2014
Let the memory of Lorna be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Lorna French (Nee Lewis), 58, born on September 22, 1956 and passed away on October 21, 2014. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Leilah Ariyo-Lewis on 22nd October 2016

"It's been two years sis, and your death still stings as much as it did in 2014. I keep reminding myself you were so sick, and suffering so much, you had to die in order to be healed and well. I know you are resting comfortably in Jesus' bosom now, so sleep and take your rest. You are so terribly missed, and I will forever carry you in my heart. I love you endlessly, and I miss you soooo..... Rest In Peace sis. ➕"

This tribute was added by Rita Brown on 26th September 2016

"Remembrance of your life is as bright a memory as a star that shines in the darkest of night. Life, love, and family were your passion. No greater example of selflessness and generosity could you have left behind. The Lord has one of the best of His flock with Him now."

This tribute was added by Leilah Ariyo-Lewis on 22nd September 2016

"Only the heart that loves, knows the pain of loss. Sis, how I wish you were still here! Today would've been your earthly 60th birthday, but instead, you're celebrating your 2nd eternal birthday in heaven. May the angels celebrate you with harps and music, and may you stay forever at peace.
Happy birthday in heaven, sis. I love and miss you very much. Happy birthday Lorna French!!! ❤️"

This tribute was added by Ian Rosenior on 22nd September 2016

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Khalil Gibran
Lorna,
We are blessed for having known you and may you find perpetual peace. I hope you are spending this great day with angels and seraphins. Happy birthday."

This tribute was added by Rita Brown on 26th October 2015

"Lorna, your indelible footprint has been left on many hearts touched by your goodness. The humor and laughter which you shared with others is warmly remembered. Your stately demeanor and wise guidance are etched and stamped in memory. Know that your presence is sorely missed."

This tribute was added by Gracie king on 21st October 2015

"A year has gone by,just like that,As they always say " only the hearts that love knows the sorrow of parting",It is the will of god.sleep on dear cousin.Gone but not forgotten."

This tribute was added by Leilah Ariyo-Lewis on 21st October 2015

"'Darkness'

I see darkness,
I run to it.
It's a hole,
A deep, dark hole.
Its quietness is thunderous!
It's mystery eery.
I see people falling in it.
One by one, by one, by one...
No one ascends from it.
I call out the names of those I see descend it.
No one answers!
Why?
I sob uncontrollably.
I feel a gentle hand wipe my tears away,
And a familiar voice says,
"I am well sis, cry no more for me.
I am healed by death, and alive for eternity."

~ Haliel Siwel ~
10/20/2015"

This tribute was added by Jayne Flynn on 21st October 2015

"Exactly one year ago today  you left us for the great beyond, oh how time flies! Mrs Lorna Ariyo French nee Lewis the gap you left behind is still unfilled.  Your memories are ever green in our minds. Your care, love, attention and devotion is still priceless.

I am sad because you are not here to see the woman i am becoming,  the woman you contributed to her being astute. Oh death!!! However i thank you for giving me a dear brother in the person of Brian and a wonderful and sweet sister in the person of Lara and also for the family you handed me over to before your demise ie the Lewis family.  

I love you Aunty Lorna AKA mummy and will forever do. I will concontinue to be the woman i promised you i will be. #forever missed#

Continue to RIP"

This tribute was added by Leilah Ariyo-Lewis on 26th September 2015

"Forever missed, my darling sister! Indeed, forever missed! Not a single day goes by, without me thinking of you. I pray you are enjoying Jesus' promised peace. Sleep and take your rest. No more pain, no more sickness, no more worries. I love you so much, my sister! I miss you endlessly!!"

This tribute was added by Francis Dargbeh on 23rd September 2015

"Mummy,,Mummy..Now you cant answer. Thanks for the treasures you instilled into me. I know you would be proud.Sleep on and take your rest."

This tribute was added by Crimilda Wilson on 23rd September 2015

"Miss Lorna continue to rest in peace. Your voice, words of wisdom and advice still remain fresh in my mind. Sleep on beloved, sleep and take your rest."

This tribute was added by Rita Brown on 22nd September 2015

"SEASONS

Seasons change - God made it that way,
But Love in the Heart remains - God made it that way.

Seasonal colors fade from bright to dull,
Memories never fade; in the mind, brightly they glow.

Seasonal temperatures fluctuate over time,
Warmth of a Friend is consistent like an hourly chime.

Seasons of Life ebb and flow like the tide,
Spiritual connections spread far and wide.

Dear Lorna, I know that you are just resting,
Until Jesus returns, all His glory manifesting!

Rest In Peace, Sister In Christ


- Rita -

Copyright (C) 2015 CL Brown"

This tribute was added by Julia Ariyo-Lewis on 22nd September 2015

"Last year when I spoke with you on this very special day, you were so happy. Words cannot describe how happy your voice was. You said to me in that soft spoken tone we're all so familiar with, "this is all I've ever wanted. I am happy. Yes. I am happy." It was as if there was a sigh at the end.
We know you're no longer in pain or misery. As they say, you're in a better place. You're at peace.
Love always, Charles, Julia, Akin, Bode (your man) and Delan...nor forget am."

This tribute was added by Julia Ariyo-Lewis on 22nd September 2015

"Last year when I spoke with you on this very special day, you were so happy. Words cannot describe how happy your voice was. You said to me in that soft spoken tone we're all so familiar with, "this is all I've ever wanted. I am happy. Yes. I am happy." It was as if there was a sigh at the end.
We know you're no longer in pain or misery. As they say, you're in a better place. You're at peace.
Love always, Charles, Julia, Akin, Bode (your man) and Delan...nor forget am."

This tribute was added by Jayne Flynn on 22nd July 2015

"9 months ago u left us in this cruel world to go meet your maker. Behold how time flies, seems like just yesterday.

mummy your thought, memory and of course your name linger in our hearts and mouths everyday. I really miss you mummy, so much has happened in the last 9 months, all joyous news and you are not here to see the woman i am turning into, the woman you contributed greatly in becoming who she is presently and the heights she will attain.

I love u mummy. forever missed indeed."

This tribute was added by Alex Vroom on 22nd May 2015

"May your beautiful soul Rest in Perfect Peace. My family will always remember the times and moments we shared in Ghana. I met Lorna through my friend and brother Hassan who was her tenant. She integrated into our family in Ghana whilst she was going through her medical treatment in Ghana. Lorna, as I usually call her, was such a peaceful loving mother and a friend. I learnt how to pray and be prayerful as she always advised. I saw you on your last visit to Ghana and we had a good time when i visited you. Little did I know that was going to be our last meeting. May the angels welcome you in their folds, May the good Lord grant you eternal peace till we meet again. Rest in Peace from the Vroom family in Ghana."

This tribute was added by Gracie king on 9th November 2014

"Since christ in the vessel we will smile at the storm. I was happy to hear my cousin's voice on her birthday.for the last time.i will cherish the memories of exchanging visits with our parents growing up.you will be missed.may light perptual shine on you.sleep on my dear cousin.you are at peace now."

This tribute was added by Jayne Flynn on 4th November 2014

""The day thou givest Lord is ended" oh what a Tuesday morning it was when The Lord called u to rest....sleep on my beloved Aunty, sleep and take your rest... You were a a soldier indeed... U fought cancer for a long time before you finally won the war by answering to your Lord's call... I love u and I miss u so dearly ever gentle and subtle soul... Adieu...till we meet again"

This tribute was added by Jayne Flynn on 4th November 2014

""The day thou givest Lord is ended" oh what a Tuesday morning it was when The Lord called u to rest....sleep on my beloved Aunty, sleep and take your rest... You were a a soldier indeed... U fought cancer for a long time before you finally won the war by answering to your Lord's call... I love u and I miss u so dearly ever gentle and subtle soul... Adieu...till we meet again"

This tribute was added by Julia Ariyo-Lewis on 3rd November 2014

"And God shall wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more; neither will mourning, nor outcry nor  pain be anymore; for the former things have passed away. Yes, there will come such a time. Sleep and take your rest Lorna. You're terribly missed"

This tribute was added by Letitia Williams on 1st November 2014

"I knew Lorna since her childhood days through her late grandmother, Mrs. Lango who was a business woman and a great friend of mine. As time went on, the friendship extended to both our families (Lewis and Williams). After she graduated from Fourah Bey College, Sierra Leone, she became my co-worker in the ministry of Development, Planning Unit, Ministerial Building. We kept in touch until few weeks prior to her passing. She was a great and will be greatly missed by me and my family. May her soul rest in peace.

Aunty Lettie."

This tribute was added by Rita Brown on 30th October 2014

"To Lorna, A Dear Friend:

Live On, My Sister

Your spirit lives on
Though your soul is now free,
You've always been happy in Jesus
Now, with Him, you shall be.

You touched the lives
Of all you knew...
With your winning smile
And words of comfort and virtue.

No more pain, no more hurt,
And no more uncertainty,
For, as He has promised
God has given you the victory!

In Memory Always,
Rita Brown
Copyright (c) 2014"

This tribute was added by Gerald Mensah-Coker on 30th October 2014

"Words cannot describe how overwhelming it is to say goodbye to a wonderful and loving cousin. Lorna French, may your spirit forever live on in those who love and miss you.


Rest in perfect peace!

Mensah and the rest of the Mensah-Coker Family"

This tribute was added by Lennette Randall on 30th October 2014

"Oh Aunty Lorna, I have been searching deep for the right words since I found out you have left us for your heavenly home.  I celebrate you because you loved God so wonderfully.  Your faith was so alive and I pray you are enjoying being safe in your Father's Loving Arms, free from pain and toil.  I hope there is great reunion with your Saviour and the Loved Ones gone on before.
One of the great treasures of being raised by Grandparents is knowing the extended family and having a connection with them. You Aunty Lorna was one such great treasure.  As a little child I remember when you lived on Kissy Road. I remember how much your home was always full of love whenever Arnold and I came over to play. I remember your many visits to Ross Road and how much it was such a delight to see you even after you moved. I loved visiting you even as I grew up and learned to hold on to my family without Grandma and Grandpa.
You made the very first birthday cake I ever had!!!  My 8th birthday.   It meant so much to me. It was so beautiful and so yummy. I was so sad when it finished because it was so special to me. I will never forget that. I just took time to look back on past emails and Facebook messages.  I am so grateful that time and distance did not keep you away.  You were so generous and so gentle Aunty.   Thank you for your prayers and encouragement to keep pressing on and working hard. Thank you for the beauty of your soul.  I wish this was a tribute made while you were alive but of course you are alive in a whole new realm and dimension.  I pray the angels carry these incredible messages of your rich and full life to you.  As your physical body is laid to rest today may you know you are dearly loved and every life that met your spirit was never ever the same again.
I pray that Uncle George, Brian, Lara, Marvel, Latika, Aunty Leilah, Uncles Charles and Lorenzo and the rest of the family and friends will be deeply comforted by the joy, faith, hope, strength, stories and life you shared with everyone.  Sickness did not keep you down and death...well...as you know death has been swallowed up in victory. Miss you desperately and love you forever."

This tribute was added by monique ugbaja on 29th October 2014

"May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. It is not how long one lived on earth but how well. For your beloved that are mourning your transition, may their sorrow be turned into joy."

This tribute was added by Henry Dupigny on 29th October 2014

"Tribute by Ariyo & Ayo  Dupigny 28/10/2014
Baby LAL our Beloved cousin  and cousin -in-Law. Your  passing away  has  left  a vacuum in the family. We will greatly miss your  love and  companionship. The  loss of a loved  one is  never  easy and sometimes harder  to accept. Questions  that  never  got answered.
In the  midst of all these, The  Lord will draw us near and be our  comfort.
Blessed are  the  Dead  which die in the Lord. That they may rest  from  their labours and their works do follow them.
May  the  Lord grant you eternal  Rest."

This tribute was added by Jamestina Sankoh on 27th October 2014

"In all the world we shall not find
A heart so beautifully kind
So soft a voice, so sweet a smile
An inspiration so worth the while
A love so pure, so deep
A memory so beautiful to keep
Fare thee well Aunty Lorna
Knowing you was such an honor"

This tribute was added by Jamestina Sankoh on 27th October 2014

"L oving and kindhearted you always were
O nce a friend always a friend that was you
R eliable, dependable, always there for all
N ever angry,never bitter even when hurt
A lready in heaven I kno; coz that's where U belong
ADIEU MY SISTER AND FRIEND- MAY U REST IN PEACE

By Venetia Macarthy"

This tribute was added by Eugene Allen on 26th October 2014

"I was not privilege to meet you in person, though I believe somewhere in time past, we might have interacted, as I happen to know so many people who knew you, including your husband, who was my senior at high school.

From what I have heard about you, from those close and even those feebly acquainted, you were an embodiment of God's wish on Earth. You touched so many in such a strong positive way. The kind of person we all yearn to be everyday when we wake up in the morning. If only one-third of the world were like you, what a wonderful place Earth would've been. But you've left behind, a lesson on humanity. How we ought to conduct our lives toward each other, as creation of God. Thank you for the meaningful contribution you've made to mankind. You've left an indelible mark that would carry your memory for a long time yet, in the honor it deserves. Your work here is done. Go gracefully in the peace you've earned. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. God bless."

This tribute was added by Mohamed Bag on 25th October 2014

"Lorna, I pray that you rest in eternal peace next to your mother and father.  I have seen so many great comments about you.  That is a testament to how much you cared for people.  Your struggles are over; it's now time for your eternal rest in the most perfect peace.  I am sure your kindness and beauty will live on through your children!   I am so glad I was able to connect with you and your siblings on FB after so many years.  Until we meet again, sleep on!"

This tribute was added by Ian Rosenior on 25th October 2014

"He will gather the gems for his kingdom. All the pure ones, all the bright ones, his loved and his own. A song I learnt from your grandmother Ariyo and it is a comfort that you are one of God's precious jewels. Far away but always in touch. Earth has one gentle soul less. And heaven, one angel more. May you find eternal peace dear gentle cousin."

This tribute was added by Cherz F on 24th October 2014

"My dearest aunty Lorna, “gone but not forgotten”. My mom just told me that my aunt lost her battle to cancer 2 days ago.  My heart aches; as she was very near & dear to me. She taught me many things even though she lived quite far away.  Thank you Aunt Lorna!!.

I thought I saw her face today
In the sparkle of the morning sun.
And then I heard the angel say,
"Her work on earth is done."

I thought I heard her voice today
Then laugh her hearty laugh.
And then I heard the angel say,
"There's peace little one at last."

I thought I felt her touch today
In the breeze that rustled by.
And then I heard the angel say,
"The spirit never dies."

I thought that she had left me
For the stars so far above.
And then I heard the angel say,
"She left you with her love."

I thought that I would miss her
And never find my way.
And then I heard the angel say,
"She's with you every day.""

This tribute was added by Amanda Kabia on 24th October 2014

"Lorna (aka) baby Ariyo, my dear sister/friend, may your soul rest in perfect peace. Sadly missed along life's way, quietly remembered every day...No longer in our life to share, but in our hearts, you're always there."

This tribute was added by LovezCandy Jay on 24th October 2014

"I know that you're dead and you're gone for good but it's hard to accept. But now I've understood that Nothing lasts forever, even if it's good or it's bad. Now you're up in heaven and it makes me feel glad.....That finally your pain and sadness has ended just like the way God had intended. At this time you're standing at those big golden gates Up in heaven, where your new life awaits. I know you're looking down on us wanting us to be strong. And I know you have been all along. We all miss you and that's definitely true; When we think of all the times we had with you. For now you've gone up high in the sky, because this is your time to say goodbye!
Continue To Rest In Perfect Peace Aunty Lorna French
Sunrise:22/09/1956-Sunset:21/10/2014
Sleep on Beloved till We meet again to part no more!!!!!"

This tribute was added by Alison French on 24th October 2014

"A face that is always on my mind, smiles that I have seen countless times and eyes that light up the night sky like the moon would.
One last battle u could not finish fighting. Monday was extremely long and so was the night, then came Tuesday morning. I knew u would leave me soon as I looked into your eyes knowing we could no longer be together on earth.
You fought so hard to stay with us, but now all I look at is a photo just to see that beautiful smile of yours coz I have no choice.
Great memories I will always keep in my heart and for eternity I will always love u.
I will never understand why He called u home so soon so I won't try to question Him, but one thing I know is that God is looking after u for me till I can join you.
Love u forever. Xxx ALISON"

This tribute was added by Arnold Norman on 24th October 2014

"Lorna, my dear sister, you have left us in deep sorrow and grief, but your memories will forever live on. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings us deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn. Sleep my dear and take your eternal rest  - AMEN !"

This tribute was added by Riet Mason on 23rd October 2014

"By Ayo Mason - If I were to answer the question "what is the name of your sister, friend, cousin, representative and mitigator in Freetown?" I will not hesitate in answering "Ariyo". Ariyo as you are known familywise, we have always ben there for each other. Though a true fighter to the end of the struggle, the pangs of death would not recede. How hard you paved your way through life. Every stride you made was wholeheartedly and successfully achieved. Even though death came as a relief, I will always mourn your loss. Oh how you left too soon without reaping the fruits of your labor! May what you have lost on earth be regained in Heaven. Sleep on and take your perfect rest on Jesus' breast. We love you well but Jesus loves you best."

This tribute was added by Crimilda Wilson on 23rd October 2014

"Ms. Lorna, no words can describe the pain of losing you. I can still hear your sweet still voice giving me words of wisdom, support and courage when the going gets tough.   You were a woman of faith and that was what kept you going until that fateful day that your maker called you to rest . You  are safe in father Abraham's bosom. Sleep on beloved sleep and take your rest."

This tribute was added by Amasara Jalloh on 23rd October 2014

"May she rest in perfect peace and may light perpetual shone on her. you will be surely missed aunty. My prayers also go to Jayne, you will find comfort in the Lord as God is your strength.  Only the heart that loves knows the sorrows of parting. Take heart my dear."

This tribute was added by Amasara Jalloh on 23rd October 2014

"May she rest in perfect peace and may light perpetual shone on her. you will be surely missed aunty. My prayers also go to Jayne, you will find comfort in the Lord as God is your strength.  Only the heart that loves knows the sorrows of parting. Take heart my dear."

This tribute was added by Riet Mason on 23rd October 2014

"I am laying a flower too because I know you loved flowers. Guess you'll  find even more beautiful and sweeter smelling ones in Heaven. Rest in peace aunty Ariyo."

This tribute was added by Riet Mason on 23rd October 2014

"Dear aunty Ariyo. You were a family person and made everyone you met in life feel loved. You cared so much for every member of your family (including the extended wing). You were always available to offer comfort to troubled ones, help to those in need and advice to the confused. Your beautiful soul has been called to rest by your Savior. I will miss your warmth, love, care, beautiful smile and motherly advice. Rest from your labors dear aunty. Sleep on in the Savior's loving arms. Until we meet in Heaven."

This tribute was added by Francis Dargbeh on 23rd October 2014

"Mummy....you taught me to be true to myself and God and to always believe that God is never late. I treasure those words and would live with them. You were always accommodating to every one.I would miss you.I thank God for your life.May you rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Charles Owusu Ansah on 23rd October 2014

"Aunty Lorna, you'll definitely be remembered forever, especially the wonderful and unique personality of yours. You were one of the few relatives that perfectly fit and substitute in any capacity as a very close family member. I had so many experiences with you whilst growing up in Freetown and even the few ones with you Ghana. I always appreciated the your hospitality to Gramma Eva and I, when we would pass by after church service at Buxton Church for a short chat. Your motivational messages of I should make Aunty Eva and Ayo proud at school would still be remembered. Rest In Perfect Peace"

This tribute was added by Jamelia Georgestone on 23rd October 2014

"You will  4ever be missed indeed Ms Lorna as we use to call you.  My husband  and I were so blessed to  have you and your husband in our lives as godparents  on that life long journey  we started 13 years ago.  You'd always say  and complement  us with good words of kindness.  We thank  God for knowing  and  having you in our lives.  May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.  To the entire family, the Holy Spirit will be your comforter now and always in Jesus name."

This tribute was added by Leilah Ariyo-Lewis on 22nd October 2014

"Sleep on, sleep on, my beautiful sister. Sleep and take your much desired rest. Your strife is over and you won the battle. You are immortal and fully restored in health and faith. You will for ever be remembered. The Lord always picks the best, and so you had to go and be with him. Be my guardian angel, my darling, and look down on me with your warmth and love. I miss you so much.
I'd like to share this old poem that I wrote, with you again sis....

With a conniving spirit
It shows its ugly soul,
Preying on innocent souls
Oblivious to its vile.
This thing called cancer
Its true form unknown,
Starks incognito, until its roar is heard.
Be not proud, for your sting is deep,
Be not proud, for your cut is deep,
Be not proud, for your victory is false.
You shall be conquered,
You shall be defeated!!!

Rest in peace my dear sweet sister. I love you!"


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